Science Teacher Opportunities

Part of our mission is to help spread the word about opportunities for teachers, teacher leaders, and classrooms, whether they are sponsored by OSTA or not. Check this space regularly for updated information on professional development opportunities, student opportunities, and more!

FREE Virtual Teacher Professional Development

High School Science for All Summer PD Courses

Overview: Each summer, PMSP offers five-day summer courses on the High School Science for All curriculum: NGSS Physics, NGSS Chemistry, and NGSS Biology. This curriculum is a three-year pathway and curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The curriculum utilizes a storyline patterns approach to problem-based learning, common instructional strategies, real-world phenomena and design challenges that engage students and support their learning. The curriculum is a combination of teacher-generated and curated open-content materials. Complete distance learning resources have been developed or are in development now for all units in all courses. The Teacher-generated materials are shared freely under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons License.

Course Information: Each course is a 5-day, virtual experience for high school teachers of all experience levels. Each course covers the first two units with a focus on the key pedagogical shifts needed to engage all students during distance learning. The roles of inquiry, anchoring phenomena, and engineering projects are emphasized. Come with your colleagues to learn about the Next Generation Science Standards and how to implement them together as a team! Each course will be facilitated virtually using synchronous meetings with 90 minutes in the morning, a break for lunch, and 90 minutes in the afternoon, Monday - Friday between 9 am and 2 pm. There will also be approximately 3-5 hours of asynchronous work during the week.

Physics for the Next Generation >> August 3-7, 2020

Biology for the Next Generation >> August 10-14, 2020

Chemistry for the Next Generation >> August 17-21, 2020

See our website for specific course information and a link to register: https://www.pdxstem.org/professional-development-1

FREE Online Courses

OSTA Webcasts

OSTA is thrilled to offer monthly webcasts during the school year! To find out more about upcoming webcasts, check our Events page. We've asked our members for topics that matter and created our calendar to reflect that feedback. If you don't see a topic you're interested in, please reach out to communications@oregonscience.org to let us know!

Project Learning Tree

LT offers several online courses. Each online course provides a high-quality professional development experience. Each self-paced course is 3 to 6 hours long, and comprises several 20-30 minute “coursels”. Each coursel has been designed using best practices in online learning and teacher professional development (review The 5+ Guiding Principles for Professional Development for more information). The courses prepare educators to integrate environmental education materials into their instruction. Learn more here.

NOAA Webinar Series

The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.). Learn more and register here.

Climate Change: The Science and Global Impact

Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge of our time. Human activity has already warmed the planet by one degree Celsius relative to pre-industrial times, and we are feeling the effects through record heat waves, droughts, wildfires and flooding. If we continue to burn fossil fuels at the current rate, the planet will reach two degrees of warming by 2050 - the threshold that many scientists have identified as a dangerous tipping point. What is the science behind these projections?

Join climate scientist expert Michael Mann to learn about the basic scientific principles behind climate change and global warming. We need to understand the science in order to solve the broader environmental, societal and economic changes that climate change is bringing. Click here to learn more and register.

K-12 Earthquake Science Professional Development Opportunity

The University of Portland STEM Education and Outreach Center offers a self-paced on-line Cascadia Earthquake Education course. The course is organized into four modules that introduce plate tectonics and earthquake science then apply this general knowledge specifically to Cascadia Earthquakes and Tsunamis. Within each chapter, a video lecture (or series of video lectures) introduces the topic, along with additional videos and animations. Most chapters contain lesson plans for classroom activities and demonstrations. These lesson plans were designed for middle school students but can be adapted to elementary, high school, and college levels. Each lesson plan specifies the Next Generation Science Standards addressed. Most lesson plans have an accompanying set of supporting resources such as student worksheets and answer keys. It is estimated that it will take about 28 hours to complete the course, so successful completion of the course will result in receipt of a certificate for 28 PDUs (28 clock hours for WA teachers). If you have an interest and would like to register for the course, please send your preferred email address to: Bob Butler, University of Portland Professor Emeritus, butler@up.edu. You will then receive information on how to access this free on-line course!


PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENTS IN THE NGSS CLASSROOM: IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE

This course offering from the Stanford NGSS Assessment Project (SNAP) is designed to guide participants in exploring the role performance assessment can play in helping their students meet the goals of the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will learn SNAP's strategies for analyzing what an assessment is evaluating, analyzing multidimensional student data, and making instructional decisions based on student evidence. Participants will have opportunities throughout the course to practice using these strategies with sample short performance assessments (20 minute tasks) and student data. To learn more and register, click here.

Teacher Training/Courses

PLC Network for STEM Education Equity is launching soon!

East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP), Portland Metro STEM Partnership (PMSP), and South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) are collaborating to convene and coordinate cross-sector, cross-region partners to explore and advise on critical issues in STE(A)M Education, P-20. We are inviting up to 75 partners, stakeholders, and others across our three regions to come together a few times to research, explore, and discuss how we might develop a P-20 Education system that supports high-quality STEM learning for all students. Our vision is that over the next 12 months, participants will form workgroups that will conduct short-term action research on critical topics of interest to them, such as policies and practices that support STE(A)M education, sustainable STEM education funding, educator preparation and development, etc. as well as identifying capacity-building opportunities aligned with current STEM Hub, Student Investment Account (SIA) and Regional Educator Network (REN) goals, in order to maximize impact toward a shared vision for equitable student outcomes. Learn more and apply here


Virtual Visits to Industry!

Our summer teacher externship program enters its third year with virtual visits occurring August 3rd to August 14th. Teacher Externships build connections between classroom content and real-world context. Teachers are one of the most significant influences on a student’s perception of career possibilities. Our externships provide educators with the opportunity to learn about local high-wage/high-demand STEM careers, the professional skills required for these, and the work environments within job sectors. Teachers come away from these visits with new insights and ideas for classroom integration. This year, our externships will be virtual, half-day experiences and will include a one-hour, live, video conference with employees from a variety of careers and specialties; a briefing on the overall structure of the host company, its hiring practices, and career pathways; a virtual “tour” via photos and videos with a guide to provide context and connections; as well as teacher collaboration time.

If you are interested in participating in our 2020 Summer Externships, please email Priscilla Lundberg at priscilla.lundberg@pdxstem.org


M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - Partners in Science and Available Free Webinars

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution. The Murdock Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education. For more information and applications click here. There is also a free webinar on The Science of COVID-19 and Sifting Through the Outbreak: Information Literacy in the Time of COVID-19 available now.

Chernaik v. Brown Curriculum

Use this three lesson plan to:

  • Bring A Crucial Real Time Current Event To Your Students
  • Highlight The Power Of Youth To Effect Change
  • Underscore Government’s Duty To Preserve Natural Resources For All Oregonians.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, two young Oregonians had their climate change

lawsuit heard before the Oregon Supreme Court, on a critical issue for all Oregonians.

The youth argued, under the Public Trust Doctrine, that certain natural resources are so essential for human life and well-being that our government must hold them in trust for all citizens. The following curriculum explores this case through lessons on civics, science, law, and social movements.

Download the curriculum, or view in Google Drive.

Happening: A Clean Energy Film and Curriculum 

Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum supports MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here.

CA STEAM Symposium

Description: CA STEAM Symposium is going global for its December 2020 conference! Hello STEAM Community Member! The Symposium brings passionate people together who are willing to re-think their practices, re-imagine the possibilities and re-commit themselves to their work for the benefit of all learners.

Dates: December 11 – 13, 2020

Location: Virtual

Student/Classroom Opportunities

Opportunity for Students: Youth Climate Fellow Application

As part of the City of Portland’s Climate Emergency Declaration, and in response to youth demands, The Youth Climate Action Summit will center, connect and amplify the voices of young, frontline communities that are fighting for climate justice in the Portland Metro area. We are recruiting for the Youth Steering Committee, who will be in charge of designing, planning, and running the virtual Portland Youth Climate Action Summit this Fall.

Duration: August 1st - December 2020 - 2 hour-long virtual monthly meetings

What/Why: 10-12 fellows will be part of a youth steering committee that will help dream up, design and execute the agenda and programming for the virtual Youth Climate Action Summit. They will be able to connect with other young people across the Portland metro region that are committed to climate justice. There will be stipends available as well.

Application Due: July 22nd by midnight.

Apply here/More Information: https://bit.ly/youthclimatefellow


PLC Network for STEM Education Equity is launching soon!

East Metro STEAM Partnership (EMSP), Portland Metro STEM Partnership (PMSP), and South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership (SMSP) are collaborating to convene and coordinate cross-sector, cross-region partners to explore and advise on critical issues in STE(A)M Education, P-20. We are inviting up to 75 partners, stakeholders, and others across our three regions to come together a few times to research, explore, and discuss how we might develop a P-20 Education system that supports high-quality STEM learning for all students. Our vision is that over the next 12 months, participants will form workgroups that will conduct short-term action research on critical topics of interest to them, such as policies and practices that support STE(A)M education, sustainable STEM education funding, educator preparation and development, etc. as well as identifying capacity-building opportunities aligned with current STEM Hub, Student Investment Account (SIA) and Regional Educator Network (REN) goals, in order to maximize impact toward a shared vision for equitable student outcomes. Learn more and apply here


Virtual Visits to Industry!

Our summer teacher externship program enters its third year with virtual visits occurring August 3rd to August 14th. Teacher Externships build connections between classroom content and real-world context. Teachers are one of the most significant influences on a student’s perception of career possibilities. Our externships provide educators with the opportunity to learn about local high-wage/high-demand STEM careers, the professional skills required for these, and the work environments within job sectors. Teachers come away from these visits with new insights and ideas for classroom integration. This year, our externships will be virtual, half-day experiences and will include a one-hour, live, video conference with employees from a variety of careers and specialties; a briefing on the overall structure of the host company, its hiring practices, and career pathways; a virtual “tour” via photos and videos with a guide to provide context and connections; as well as teacher collaboration time.

If you are interested in participating in our 2020 Summer Externships, please email Priscilla Lundberg at priscilla.lundberg@pdxstem.org


M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust - Partners in Science

This unique program pairs high school science teachers with a mentor doing cutting-edge research in an academic lab or a lab associated with another nonprofit institution. The Murdock Trust awards approximately 25 Partners in Science grants each year to fund these teacher-mentor research opportunities in the Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to help teachers bring knowledge from the research lab directly into the classroom to promote hands-on science education. For more information and applications click here. There is also a free webinar on The Science of COVID-19 available now.

Chernaik v. Brown Curriculum

Use this three lesson plan to:

  • Bring A Crucial Real Time Current Event To Your Students
  • Highlight The Power Of Youth To Effect Change
  • Underscore Government’s Duty To Preserve Natural Resources For All Oregonians.

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, two young Oregonians had their climate change

lawsuit heard before the Oregon Supreme Court, on a critical issue for all Oregonians.

The youth argued, under the Public Trust Doctrine, that certain natural resources are so essential for human life and well-being that our government must hold them in trust for all citizens. The following curriculum explores this case through lessons on civics, science, law, and social movements.

Download the curriculum, or view in Google Drive.

Happening: A Clean Energy Film and Curriculum 

Watch as Robert Redford’s son James Redford explores the factors driving the transition to clean energy in his feature documentary HAPPENING. To further engage students, the Redford Center created TEACHING HAPPENING, an interdisciplinary, modular curriculum developed to work alongside HAPPENING. Click here to watch a short trailer.

Free to teachers, the classroom version of the film runs 50 minutes and the curriculum supports MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment. To access your free HAPPENING streaming link and educational curriculum, click here.

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